Low Blows: ‘The Wee Man’ Paddy Barnes

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After one week off, Low Blows returns with a bang. Today it is the turn of ‘The Wee Man’ Paddy Barnes [1(0)-0], and the double Olympic bronze medalist and newcomer to the pros doesn’t hold back.

Q: Hardest Trainer?
A: Myself, I see others saying that such and such is a hard trainer, but I’ve trained with a lot of the top boys and I train harder. People stop when they are tired, I stop when I physically can’t go anymore!

Q: Biggest Moaner?
A: Mick Conlan loved a good moan in Dublin and used to try to get me to moan about stuff with him so we could get something done about whatever it was.

Q: Funniest?
A: Roy Sheahan and Sean McComb without a doubt, two headers. Kurt Walker gets a honorary mention here because I laugh at how stupid he is sometimes.

Q: Biggest Ladies’ Man?
A: Hughie Myers would never leave the room unless he had his sexy chest hairs showing a little.

Q: Most Intelligent?
A: Darren O’Neill was the only one that I know who has some meaningful qualifications?

Q: Least Intelligent?
A: Kurt Walker, only due to a lack of common sense

Q: Hardest Puncher?
A: Carl Frampton is still the hardest puncher I’ve been in the ring with and I’ve sparred up to light welterweight in the amateurs.

Q: Most Naturally Talented?
A: Mick Conlan, what I’ve seen him do in training I know that no one has taught him it specifically, he has just out of nowhere done it.

Q: Cheapest?
A: Joe Ward and Davey Oliver Joyce, those boys can’t even spell wallet.

Q: Worst Dancer?
A: That’s definitely myself, I literally can’t do it.

Q: Worst Dress Sense?
A: It used to be me until I started copying the boys!

Q: Biggest Messer?
A: Tyrone McCullagh was more a dangerous man than a messer. I hated having to cross his path! He once stayed awake all night and figured out the password on my phone and texted everyone in my family that Mari [Barnes’s now-fiancée] was pregnant!

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie